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Lo Duca, red-hot Mets blast Reds for fifth straight win

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CINCINNATI -- Paul Lo Duca's timing was perfect.

Lo Duca hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs Tuesday night, powering the New York Mets to their fifth straight victory, 11-7 over the Cincinnati Reds.

The NL East leaders have regained control of their division with their longest winning streak of the season. A balanced offense has led the way, piling up 46 runs in the last six games and reaching double-digits three times.

"It's amazing," said Lo Duca, whose last multihomer game was six years ago. "Unbelievable. I'm really proud of this team, especially with what happened in Philadelphia. To play the way we have these last five days is huge."

The Mets got swept four games in Philadelphia last week, cutting their lead over the Phillies to two precious games. Now, the lead is back to five and the Mets are back to looking like a World Series contender.

"They're the best team in the league, from what I've seen," Reds interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "They've got depth in their pitching. They've got speed and power. They're in good shape. They've got a lot of the things necessary to win a lot of games."

The offense is leading them. No matter who the Reds put on the mound, the Mets hit him.

Lo Duca got it started with his three-run homer in the second inning off Matt Belisle, a drive that was caught by a fan wearing a white Mets jersey in the front row behind the left-field wall.

After falling behind 5-3, the Mets sent nine batters to the plate for five runs in the sixth inning, a rally started by Carlos Beltran's two-run homer. Shawn Green added a two-run double off reliever Bill Bray (3-2) during the comeback, and Lo Duca finished it with an RBI single.

"That's the way we're winning games right now," Green said. "We're getting contributions from the whole team. It's not just one or two guys carrying us. To go deep into October, it's going to take the while team."

Lo Duca, who hadn't homered since June 30, hit another three-run shot in the eighth off Todd Coffey to complete his career night. His previous best was six RBI on June 26, 2001, at San Francisco.

"This is the healthiest I've been in a while," said Lo Duca, who was on the disabled list from Aug. 12-27 because of a pulled right hamstring. "It took a while when I came off the DL to get my timing back get into a rhythm. I hope it keeps going."

Carlos Delgado, Green and Lo Duca each had three hits, helping left-hander Oliver Perez (13-9) get the victory on an off-night. Perez lasted only five innings, walked five and gave up five runs. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded threat to end the fifth with the Reds leading 5-3, then hopped over the third base line for good luck as he left the field.

New York's offense doesn't need any luck.

Beltran's 27th homer extended his tear since he came off the disabled list on Aug. 10, having recovered from strained muscles in his left side. Beltran has eight homers and 17 RBI since his return.

Moises Alou also had a pair of singles, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

New York is 5-1 against the Reds this season and one victory away from pulling off another three-game sweep. The Mets have cozied up to one of the majors' most hitter-friendly ballparks, piling up 21 runs and six homers in the first two games.

On Tuesday, they sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth and eighth innings. Delgado struck out -- the first strikeout by a Reds pitcher all evening -- to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.

Notes

  • RHP Pedro Martinez will make his second start Sunday in New York against the Astros. "In front of the home fans, it'll be a little emotional," he said. "I'm crazy with the fans and they're crazy with me." Martinez returned from shoulder surgery and got the victory in the series opener.
  • The Mets called up 41-year-old C Sandy Alomar Jr. from the minors, adding to their depth.
  • It was the third two-homer game of Lo Duca's career and his first since Oct. 2, 2001.
  • Ken Griffey Jr.'s sacrifice fly was the 1,696th RBI of his career, moving him ahead of Cal Ripken for 17th. Reggie Jackson is next at 1,702.
  • Brandon Phillips hit his 27th homer in the ninth inning, tying Joe Morgan's club record for homers by a second baseman.
 
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Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca uses both hands to point to the sky -- one for each homer he gets a hold of.  (AP)
Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca uses both hands to point to the sky -- one for each homer he gets a hold of. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

P. Lo Duca
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 7
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000002 .292
Ruben Gotay, 2B2110301 .323
David Wright, 3B5000005 .317
Carlos Beltran, CF4112102 .280
Carlos Delgado, 1B5230014 .255
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Moises Alou, LF4120002 .328
    Endy Chavez, PR-RF1100010 .271
Shawn Green, RF-1B5332001 .277
Paul Lo Duca, C5237000 .269
Oliver Perez, P2000000 .160
   a- Lastings Milledge, PH1000001 .288
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH-LF0000100 .309
Totals3911131152  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Perez in the 6th
b-walked for Feliciano in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shawn Green (28, Bray)
HR - Carlos Beltran (27, Belisle), Paul Lo Duca 2 (7, Belisle, Coffey)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (89), Shawn Green 2 (42), Paul Lo Duca 7 (41)
SB - Shawn Green (10, 2nd base off Coffey/Valentin)
CS - Jose Reyes (18, 2nd base by Belisle/Ross)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wright-Delgado
E - Paul Lo Duca (7, Throwing)
New York Mets
Oliver Perez (W,13-9) 5453520 3.46
Guillermo Mota (H,6) 1100010 5.88
Pedro Feliciano (H,17) 1311100 2.93
Aaron Heilman 1000020 3.20
Scott Schoeneweis 1111001 5.08
Pitches-Strikes - Oliver Perez 90-52, Guillermo Mota 14-9, Pedro Feliciano 25-15, Aaron Heilman 14-11, Scott Schoeneweis 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Oliver Perez 4-10, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 2-0, Scott Schoeneweis 3-0
Batters Faced - Oliver Perez 25, Guillermo Mota 4, Pedro Feliciano 6, Aaron Heilman 3, Scott Schoeneweis 4
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF5121010 .326
Jeff Keppinger, 3B5111012 .356
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3211100 .286
Brandon Phillips, 2B4231100 .290
Adam Dunn, LF4022110 .266
Jorge Cantu, 1B3001101 .256
Alex Gonzalez, SS2100204 .273
David Ross, C3000002 .201
   a- Javier Valentin, PH-C1000002 .279
Matt Belisle, P1000000 .073
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   b- Joey Votto, PH1000010 .000
    Eddie Guardado, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Brad Salmon, P0000000 .000
   c- Buck Coats, PH1000010 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
Totals3379765  
a-grounded out for Ross in the 7th
b-struck out for Majewski in the 6th
c-struck out for Salmon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Norris Hopper (11, Perez), Jeff Keppinger (14, Perez)
HR - Brandon Phillips (27, Schoeneweis)
SF - Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Jorge Cantu (2)
SH - Matt Belisle (8)
RBI - Norris Hopper (9), Jeff Keppinger (25), Ken Griffey Jr. (88), Brandon Phillips (82), Adam Dunn 2 (95), Jorge Cantu (10)
2-OUT RBI - Norris Hopper (6)
SB - Norris Hopper (9, 2nd base off Mota/Lo Duca), Brandon Phillips (27, 2nd base off Perez/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-A. Gonzalez-Cantu
PB - Javier Valentin (6)
E - Jeff Keppinger (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Matt Belisle 5.1655102 5.44
Bill Bray (L,3-2)0333000 4.82
Gary Majewski 0.2100000 8.68
Eddie Guardado 1000100 12.91
Todd Coffey0333101 6.65
Brad Salmon 1000210 3.74
Jared Burton 1000010 2.65
WP - Matt Belisle (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Belisle 97-59, Bill Bray 10-7, Gary Majewski 14-10, Eddie Guardado 12-7, Todd Coffey 19-11, Brad Salmon 24-13, Jared Burton 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Belisle 6-9, Gary Majewski 1-1, Eddie Guardado 1-2, Jared Burton 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Belisle 22, Bill Bray 3, Gary Majewski 3, Eddie Guardado 4, Todd Coffey 4, Brad Salmon 5, Jared Burton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20655
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Sam Holbrook